Optimism about our country’s future is faltering

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:08 pm

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

I have always prided myself on being a realistic optimist.  I am not immune to the turmoil and chaos that has encircled us for years.  When I was born, there had been a strong possibility that my dad could have been re-called to activity duty because of the Korean Conflict, in the 50s.  In the early 60s, we were glued to our black and white TV as we waited for word about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Just a short time later we watched coverage of President Kennedy’s death.  In my senior year of high school, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy … CONTINUED


Future of the new Democrat Socialist Party

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:07 pm

The Right Stuff – By Donald Holman

It is more than a little strange. In spite of all the protestations from Democrats about how they want “diversity” in their leadership, the race for the nomination looks to be primarily among the white men and women.

Here is the latest list of the leading contenders according to the polls and the New York Times: “former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; Senator Cory Booker, of New Jersey; Mayor Pete Buttigieg, of South Bend, Indiana; Senator Kamala Harris, of California; Senator Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota; former Representative Beto O’Rourke, of Texas; Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont; and Andy Yang and … CONTINUED



Mark Farley appointed to Regional Substance Abuse Advisory Council

Posted by | August 12, 2019 1:01 pm

Mark Farley, of Sparta

Mark Farley, of Sparta, who serves as Upper Cumberland Development District and Human Resource Agency executive director, was recently appointed to the Appalachian Regional Commission Substance Abuse Advisory Council, which is a 24-member volunteer advisory group of leaders from law enforcement, recovery services, health, economic development, private industry, education, state government and other sectors. Members of ARC’s Substance Abuse Advisory Council were selected in partnership with the Governor’s office in each of their respective states.

The SAAC will meet throughout the summer and present recommendations to the ARC during the Commission meeting in September. The SAAC will also make recommendations on recovery ecosystems which … CONTINUED


Are we killing the seed?

Posted by | August 12, 2019 12:58 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

When I was a boy growing up on a small Tennessee farm, we had a mature apple tree that stood alone in an old fence row that would produce the best-tasting fruit. It would become covered in apples, and, as the summer progressed, the limbs would hang to the ground from the weight. We would wait patiently for them to ripen, and, in passing, you could pluck one from the tree and eat it right under the shade.

There was something I remember noticing with every bite and that was even though the fruit looked good, it didn’t always mean the meat … CONTINUED



Honoring the legacy of Aaron Shafer

Posted by | August 12, 2019 12:55 pm

Front row, L-R: Adam Shafer (nephew), Jeannie Shafer (mother), Jewelianna Shafer (niece), Claudia Shafer (sister-in-law); back row, L-R: Adam Shafer (brother) and Ray Shafer (father).

City of Sparta recently named an access road in honor of a man who had dedicated himself to the betterment of the community before he lost his life in a car crash, in 2010, at the age of 36. Before his death, Aaron Shafer had been brainstorming many projects that would help enhance Sparta, one of which was a bike race. The plans for the bike race were in progress before his death, and his parents, Jeannie and Ray Shafer, along with friends and numerous volunteers, took Aaron’s dream and made it a reality. The Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race has become an annual event that draws hundreds … CONTINUED


The River Church gets new home

Posted by | August 12, 2019 12:53 pm

The River Church, which has been holding services for the past four years at Sparta-White County YMCA, will now have a permanent home at 264 Judah Dr., the former location of First Love Church.

By Rachel Auberger

The River Church, which has been holding services and conducting community outreach programs at the Sparta-White County YMCA for the past four years, recently purchased a new building that will become their permanent location.

“We are blessed to have been able to partner with the YMCA for the past four years,” said John Phillips, pastor of the River. “But with a permanent location, we will be able to serve even more people in the White County community.”

Phillips said the new building, which is at 264 Judah Dr. and had previously been used by First Love Church, will allow the River to host more events … CONTINUED



Edd Rogers Valley Ford to host fundraiser for WCHS athletics

Posted by | August 12, 2019 12:50 pm

By Rachel Auberger

On Aug. 17,  licensed drivers will have the opportunity to test drive a new Ford vehicle and help the athletic department at White County High School, all courtesy of Edd Rogers Valley Ford.

According to Shane Rogers, general manager at Valley Ford, Ford Motor Company partners with local dealerships to provide this opportunity for them to connect with the schools in the community.

“I grew up attending the schools here in White County, and I wanted to do something that would make an impact helping the programs that help the students here,” Rogers said.

Rogers said he found out about the program and submitted an … CONTINUED


Tourism report shows increases in all categories for White County

Posted by | August 12, 2019 12:46 pm

Tennessee saw 119 million domestic visitors, in 2018, up 5.1 percent from 113 million the previous year and hit a record-high $22 billion in domestic and international travel spending.

Travelers in Tennessee spend an estimated $60 million per day. According to a report released last week by Tennessee Department o Tourist Development, Tennessee’s growth is outpacing the nation in all areas of travel, including tax revenue, expenditures, payroll, and employment.

In White County:

  • Expenditures increased 5.92 percent (from $22.18 million, in 2017, to $23.49 million, in 2018.
  • Payroll increased 5.79 percent (from $2.68 million, in 2017, to $2.83 million, in 2018)
  • Employment increased 2.36 percent
  • State tax receipts
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